Trump DOJ Seized Data from House Democrats in Leaks Probe

Adam Schiff DOJ must ‘clean house’ after Trump caught spying on Democrats

Trump administration subpoenaed Apple for lawmakers' data -New York Times

CNN reported Thursday that prosecutors in Trump's Justice Department, beginning in February 2018, subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of House Intelligence Committee Democrats, their staff and family members, including at least one minor, as part of a leak investigation, a committee official and a source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN.

Schiff, who has always been an opponent of Trump and was a key architect of the former president's first impeachment inquiry, told the New York Times and other media that the DOJ subpoena regarding his phone records was authorized in 2017 or 2018.

But the leak investigations were revived by attorney general Bill Barr a year later, the paper reported.

The review will not substitute the OIG's judgment for the legal and investigative judgments made in the matters under OIG review. The committee contacted the Biden Justice Department, which informed them that the investigation had been closed, the committee official says.

In a statement to Reuters, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, called the news "harrowing" and said she supported Schiff's call for an investigation. "The Justice Department has specific procedures for such sensitive investigations, and the inspector general is already working to determine if they were followed". Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, among others.

It is unclear why Trump's Justice Department would have targeted a minor as part of the probe.

"This is about everyday Americans who don't want to see their government weaponize law enforcement against them because of their political beliefs", Swalwell told CNN's Jim Sciutto on "Newsroom".

"What they were looking for, I still don't know".

The House Intelligence Committee was later instrumental in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump's dealings with Russian Federation.

There's no indication that the Justice Department used the records to prosecute anyone.

Prosecutors under Jeff Sessions, the first attorney general in Trump's Republican administration, were seeking to find the sources behind media reports about contacts between Trump associates and Russian Federation, the Times said.

The reason: Trump wanted to figured out who was leaking classified information to reporters about the investigation into contacts between associates of Trump and Russian Federation, per the Washington Post.

Top Senate Democrats on Friday demanded that former Attorney General William P. Barr and other Justice Department officials testify before the Judiciary Committee about their extraordinary decision to secretly seize data from the accounts of House Democrats and their aides as they hunted for leaks of classified information.

Following an outcry from press freedom organisations, the Justice Department announced last week that it would cease the practice of going after journalists' sourcing information.